7 Reasons Why Lacrosse Should be an Olympic Sport
1. It’s exploding in popularity. Lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport at the NCAA level, and has been for the last six years.
2. It has been there before. Lacrosse was an Olympic sport in the 1904 and 1908 summer games (bring it back! bring it back!).
3. It’s basically a guaranteed hit. A cross between soccer and hockey, the game is easy to follow and appeals to a large audience.
4. It’s a global project. Globalization is the buzz word of the 21st century, and the development of lacrosse has been a globalized effort. It originated with the Native Americans, was codified by the French in the 1800’s, and the first women’s lacrosse game was played in Scotland in 1890. Countries like China jumped on the lacrosse bandwagon more recently – and probably would have done so earlier had it been an Olympic sport!
5. It’s so entertaining that it was used as a war tactic. The Sauk and Ojibway tribes played lacrosse to distract the British while they recaptured Fort Michilimackinak from the British during the Seven Years’ War.
6. Did we mention it’s exploding in popularity? Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports internationally. In July 2016, the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) welcomed Haiti as its 55th member nation.
7. Time to give credit where credit is due. Despite recent growth and surge in the sport’s popularity, professional lacrosse players continue to receive little recognition for the fact that they are world class athletes. The Olympics could help change that.
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